Pixel Phone Users Report Crashes After Watching Alien (1979) Clip in 4K HDR on YouTube

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Alien Video Causes Pixel Phone Crashes

A certain YouTube video featuring a scene from the science fiction horror film Alien (1979) has been causing crashes on some Pixel phones, according to Android Authority. Users affected by the issue report that their phones instantly reboot when attempting to play the video, with some also experiencing issues with their cellular network afterward.

The problem appears to be affecting a range of Pixel models, including the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6A. However, the issue is not universal, as some users in a Reddit thread have reported being able to watch the video on their Pixel devices without any problems.


The video itself is a two-year-old clip of a scene from Alien (1979), available in 4K HDR format. While we do not recommend attempting to watch it if you own one of the potentially affected phones.

The cause of the crashes is currently unknown, and Google has yet to comment on the matter. However, some experts speculate that it may be related to the way the Pixels handle color, as a certain wallpaper reportedly caused crashes on some Android phones in the past.

For now, Pixel owners are advised to exercise caution when playing videos online, especially if they are unsure whether their device is affected by this issue. If your Pixel does experience a crash while attempting to play the Alien video or any other content, a quick reboot may fix any related cellular network issues, according to Android Authority.